There can be no overstating the point that a healthy nation is a happy nation, a productive nation and, indeed, a wealthy nation. The road to physical and mental well-being begins in our childhood, and it is therefore vital that as many young people as possible are given access to sport.
Which is where Access Sport comes in. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, Access Sport builds thriving community sports clubs in some our most disadvantaged areas. Unfortunately, it is often the case that the opportunity to take part in regular physical activity is denied to young people who may be disabled, disadvantaged or excluded from society in other ways.
The enormous benefits of sport participation – physical, social and mental – are now widely understood, with GPs now urged to start prescribing running and active lifestyles as an alternative to medication. Yet there remains an ongoing decline in state-funded provision due to budget cuts, especially within local authorities.
Access Sport strives to enhance the life prospects of those vulnerable young people by creating lasting, locally-owned community resources, supporting people aged 5-25 with a special emphasis on disadvantaged under 18s.
Established in 2004, Access Sport has gone on to become widely recognised as an innovative leader in the field of community sports provision. Their multi-sport approach allows for maximum inclusivity, and a wide range of sports from running to rugby, hockey to boxing, sailing, cycling and sitting volleyball feature in this comprehensive programme.
Access Sport is delivered directly in urban communities across the country – including London, Bristol, Manchester and Oxford – building on a successful community sports-club development model, training and up-skilling thousands of local volunteers and creating hundreds of role model young leader champions.
You can find out more about Access Sport by visiting their website, where you’ll find an abundance of special events and opportunities to get involved. You can even donate, where just a small sum can make a great difference.
We salute schemes like this, that are actively helping to drive change in the way sport is delivered in the UK, dramatically improving access to sport and all its benefits for tens of thousands of vulnerable children and young people. Get involved if you can.
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